Thursday, March 23, 2017

DAY 82 - This day in legal and military history

March 23

NATIONAL Chip and Dip Day



NATIONAL Near Miss Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1743 Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time in London

1775 American revolutionary hero Patrick Henry, while addressing the House of Burgesses, declares “give me liberty, or give me death!”

1839 First recorded use of “OK” [oll korrect] was in Boston’s Morning Post

1857 Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City

1903 The Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent

1909 British Lt. Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic South Pole

1981 US Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women

1998 The motion picture epic “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, tying it with “Ben-Hur” for the most ever

2002 Girls in Afghanistan celebrated their return to school for the first time in years

2010 President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law

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